Pasta in Italian Cinema

They’d have so many stories to tell if only they could talk.

They’re the ones that witnessed our stories, that joined us at the table with our friends, they attended our family reunions and they were listening when we were feeling down.

They do all of this, every single day.
We are taking about spaghetti, the indisputable emblem of the Italian spirit.

They are so embedded in our history and culture that they have often obtained leading roles in movies.
They are an Italian symbol.

So much so that a whole movie genre was named after them: “Spaghetti Westerns”. This is what Italian western movies were called across the pond.

To this day, Sergio Leone is considered the undisputed protagonist of this genre.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Spaghetti have walked alongside Italian history, interpreting the mood of each era with empathy whilst becoming an important part of every family.

1947 “Angelina”, directed by Luigi Zampa and starring Anna Magnani. Spaghetti are the
reason behind the fight against the black market.

1953 “The Return of Don Camillo”, directed by Julien Dulivier.
Starring Fernandel and Gino Cervi.
One of the most famous couple of frenemies meet in front of a plate of spaghetti.

1954Poverty and Nobility” directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò. Spaghetti represent hunger. There is a famous scene that depicts Totò, or better Felice Sciosciammocca, reunited with his family. Together, they fill up on spaghetti.
They even fill their pockets with it before dancing a tarantella on the table.

1954 “An American in Rome” directed by Steno and starring Alberto Sordi.
In this film, spaghetti represent the Italian lifestyle.
Macaroni, you have provoked me and I will destroy you!”

1958 “Big Deal on Madonna Street” directed by Mario Monicelli, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman.
A group of clumsy robbers eat pasta and chickpeas that they find in the house they have mistakenly ended up in.

1960 “Un Militare e Mezzo” directed by Steno and starring Aldo Fabrizi.
Fabrizi duels with a plate of spaghetti he is trying his best to resist to.
He eventually binges on it.

1961 “A Difficult Life” directed by Rino Risi and starring Alberto Sordi.
A partisan celebrates the Republic’s victory by joyfully eating his plate of spaghetti, unconcerned with
the reaction of the aristocratic family that is sitting at the table with him.

1966 “Smoke Over London” directed by and starring Alberto Sordi.
Spaghetti are undeniably delicious, even for an Italian that has fallen in love with London.

1974 “We All Loved Each Other So Much” by Ettore Scola, starring Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi and Stefano Satta Flores.
Three friends celebrate their newly found friendship with a nice plate of pasta.

1980 “Fantozzi Against the Wind” directed by Neri Parenti and Paolo Villaggio.
While eating a steaming plate of spaghetti and watching the national football game, accountant Fantozzi discovers his wife is cheating on him.

1982 “Spaghetti House” directed by Giulio Paradisi starring Nino Manfredi.
Based on a true story, spaghetti are present throughout the entire film.

There are so many other stories to tell that expand past the Italian landscape.

Spaghetti help bring us close…and sometimes they make us fall in love.

Who can forget seeing Lady and the Tramp falling in love while sharing a plate of spaghetti?

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